Category: Patient Relationships

Eulogy to My Father, Dr. Theodore Krouse →

I believe we choose our parents before we are born. I hit the jackpot. I picked an unlikely pair—a radical feminist and a guy named Ted Krouse. Mom wasn’t home much (she was finishing up her psychiatry residency) so I

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The *Surprise* Birthday Party Physical :) →

I love my patients. And I love surprises. Most patients fear unexpected medical events, but medical surprises don’t always have to be bad news. I’m a neighborhood family doc. My patients are friends. They celebrate my milestones and I celebrate

Doctors not allowed to ask patients, “How are you?” →

Another indication that health care is sick—doctors are being told to stop asking patients open-ended questions like: “How are you feeling?” “What worries you?” “What’s on your mind?” Today a physician just e-mailed me: “I am really, really overwhelmed right

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How one TED talk is changing the world of medicine →

I’ve never been a small-talk doc. My therapist calls me “the Dr. Kevorkian of medical taboos.” I’m most comfortable discussing the uncomfortable—topics that scare most physicians. In my TED talk, I bust through three taboos: human sexuality, physician-patient intimacy, and

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When your health insurer pays for breakfast, here’s what happens . . . →

Health insurance is complex. Eating out is easy—unless you were to involve your health insurance company. If you hired a third party to pay your restaurant bill, you’d pay twice as much, wait 2 weeks for a table, and have

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Doctor’s Fantasy: leave psychiatry to sell Tupperware →

Dear Pamela: I can’t tell if I’m burned out or just don’t like being a doctor. My own medical school experience was so abusive. I wonder how other students like me fare when they enter abusive residency programs. I supposedly

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The One Question You Must Ask Your Doctor →

Your doctor has more control over your life than anyone—other than you. Your doctor may be the first face you see as you’re born and the last one you see as you die. Doctors look deep inside you, in places

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House Call on a Hundred-Foot Cliff →

Johnny’s disabled. He can’t get to my office anymore. So I drive 100 miles up the Oregon coast to check in on him. I get lost, but finally discover his little white house on the edge of a cliff overlooking

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Another Day, Another Reason I Love My Job →

I love my job.

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How To Do a House Call on a Quadracycle →

Click here to read part 1 of the story. Pamela Wible, M.D. is a family doctor is Oregon. Watch her TEDx talk here. Photos by GeVe.

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Why I Love House Calls →

I’ve always been a people watcher. Now I get paid to spy on folks. I have to ask detailed, personal questions. Sometimes I even snoop around patients’ homes.  In the 1930s nearly half of all patient visits were house calls.

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Why Doctors Treat Patients as Drug Addicts →

Fact: Doctors want to help people. Fact: Some people take advantage of doctors. A doctor in Oregon shares this case: “I had an old man with cancer. He kept complaining of pain as I was increasing his opiate pain medication,

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Why I Prescribe the Love Drug →

As a doctor, it’s my job to figure out what patients really need. Some need antibiotics. Some need pain pills. But everyone needs love. During med school I cared for burned children. One of my patients was a 3-year-old with

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Patient Profiling: Are You a Victim? →

Ever felt misjudged by a doctor? Or treated unfairly by a clinic or hospital? You may be a victim of patient profiling. Patient profiling is the practice of regarding particular patients as more likely to have certain behaviors or illnesses

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A Case of Racism-Induced Hypertension →

Meet Damien, my Facebook friend, photographer, and IT guy. This morning, he messages me: “I would like to make an appointment.” I reply: “For?” “High blood pressure :(.” I offer to see him, but he never comes in. Weeks later,

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